Colosseum (Colosseo)#4 in Best Things To Do in Rome
The site of many bloody gladiatorial fights, the Colosseum, which was opened in 80 A.D., could then hold about 50,000 spectators. With a circumference of 573 yards and sitting on marshland, experts say the Colosseum is an engineering wonder… not to mention an animal- and human-rights atrocity.
Today, the massive complex is a favorite site amongst travelers. That said, you'll find lengthy lines almost anytime you visit. To beat the queues, you can purchase a ticket at the Roman Forum, which allows you admittance to both, as well as Palatine Hill, and a line jump at the Colosseum.
Recent Colosseum visitors recommended opting for a tour guide, with some saying it gives more context, providing a richer experience than simply viewing the structure (you'll find little public information or exhibits if you tour the site yourself). Other travelers specifically suggest taking a night tour to beat the crowds.
The Colosseum is open daily at 8:30 a.m. until varying times, from 4:30 to 7 p.m., depending on the season, and you can find it off the Colosseo metro stop. To avoid long wait times, purchase your ticket in advance online. Ticket prices start at 12 euros (or about $15) for adults and 7.50 euros (around $9) for kids. If you purchased a Roma Pass, your admission fee is covered.
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#1 Trevi Fountain (Fontana di Trevi)
A must-see on many travelers' itineraries, the Trevi Fountain is situated amongst a high concentration of hotels, shopping and nightlife. Finished in the mid-1700s, the Trevi is a powerful example of a baroque design with a distinctly mythological character. The god of the sea, Oceanus, emerges from the pool, flanked by his trusty Tritons. The fountain underwent an extensive, mutlimillion euro restoration and reopened in its full splendor in November 2015.
According to Roman lore, throwing one, two or three coins into the Trevi, with your right hand over your left shoulder ensures you'll return to Rome; you'll fall in love with an attractive Roman; and you'll marry that same Roman.
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